Interior Design Trend: Embracing Brass

You may have heard that “brass is out,” but that actually couldn’t be further from the truth!  Builder-basic shiny yellow brass hardware and light fixtures that evoke the 1990’s are in fact dated, but there is so much to love about classic and versatile brass.

brass interior design trend

Today’s brass is all about warmth and patina. Unlike other metallics, which can seem cold, brass creates a warm glow. Muted brasstones can add the perfect metallic accent in both traditional and contemporary spaces, from light and plumbing fixtures to furnishings and accessories. Best of all, soft brass mixes well with other metallic finishes such as bronze, copper, silver or pewter to create an organic, collected look.

 gold ceiling faux finish

Muted gold brass is a great way to add drama and glamour to a space, as seen in this rich, golden faux finish applied to a powder room ceiling.

brass bathroom

The same muted shade of brass can also stand up to a minimalist bathroom alongside nickel fixtures.

brass plumbing fixtures

If a more classic elegance is your style, brass fixtures are the perfect choice. Combining unlacquered brass with timeless materials like marble and subway tile creates an atmosphere of understated luxury. This faucet and backsplash could fit just as easily into a historic home or a newly remodeled kitchen.

brass in traditional interior

Another smart strategy is to mix different shades of brass. In the room above, a darker patinated brass chandelier harmonizes with various shades of both gleaming and matte gold in the frames, lamps, and candleholder, while also coexisting with the iron curtain rods. Accented by a creamy neutral wall color and warm golds and browns in the upholstery, draperies, and rugs, the overall effect is one of laid-back luxury.

Whether your style is sleek and contemporary or ornate and traditional, brass accents can be the perfect finishing touch. What do you think of this classic finish? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below

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